Stir Fried Shishito Peppers

Stir Fried Shishito peppers are fried in sesame oil and soy sauce and served hot. You can get these gems at Japanese izakayas as a side dish. Although not usually too hot, occasionally you will come across a spicy pepper.

Stir Fried Shishito peppers are one of the most interesting and delicious appetizers that I have found in Japanese cooking. Shishitos are a very mild chili pepper that are about 1-2 inches long and although they are not generally spicy, about 1 in 10 will be surprising hot when you bite into it.  Shishito peppers are green when they are cultivated, but if left to mature on the vine they will turn red and become very very spicy.

Shishitos, like other Japanese vegetables, are often served as otsumame, a Japanese word for a light snack usually served at a bar as an accompaniment to beer.  They can be found as an appetizer in sushi restaurants, both in Japan and in the US.    They are easy and fast to cook, usually seared in a pan with a little olive oil until the skin sears and begins to blacken.

My recipe for succulent Stir Fried Shishito Peppers uses the same technique, however, I have made a few modifications including using soy sauce while cooking and topping them off with Katsuo-Bushi (shaved Bonito flakes).  I use sesame oil to stir fry the peppers, sesame oil is fragrant and gets very hot so your peppers sear quite nicely.  When you add the soy sauce to the hot oil it will spatter and smoke, so I use a wok or a fry pan with high sides to catch the hot droplets

Sir Fried Shishito Peppers On a cork table protector

Shishito peppers can be found at Asian grocery stores and they are available all year long.. cook and serve with the stem on – although you will not want to eat the stems.

These succulent and smoke green peppers are addictive, easy to prepare, and delicious – enjoy them anytime you are looking for a savory and succulent side dish or appetizer. Try out the recipe and let me know what you think in the comments sections, below.

Stir Fried Shishito Peppers

Succulent, smoky, savory and occasionally spicy, these seared peppers make an amazing appetizer that you can enjoy before a meal, as a side dish, or with a cold beer.  Sear it in hot oil and serve while hot.

5 minutes 5 minutes Serves
PREP 5 minutes
COOKING 5 minutes
YIELD Serves


  • 1/2 lb shishito peppers (225g)
  • 2 TBSP Sesame Oil
  • 2 TBSP Soy Sauce
  • 1 cup Katsuobushi (Dried Bonito Flakes) (12g)

Shishito peppers, Katsuobushi, Soy Sauce and Sesame oils are laid out on this ingredient board


  • Fry the peppers in the sesame oil over medium high heat for 2-3 minutes until the pepper begins to turn brown and white.
  • Add in soy sauce,  stir into the peppers and cook for another 30 seconds.
  • Plate the peppers and sprinkle katsuobushi flakes over the peppers while hot.

Sir Fried Shishito Peppers Served on a wood tray with other veggies behind it.


  • Cook just what you need to eat- leftovers don’t really keep well.
  • Remember that you may occasionally come across a hot pepper.  Most shishitos are not that hot, so don’t worry, if it’s too hot just move on to the next one.


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